Switching Companies

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DallaStrong's Comment
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Quick question, if I am an already experienced otr driver from another otr company and switch to another will I have to go through they some training as a newbie, and if not what kind will there be

Thanks for the info


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Orientation and training are not necessarily the same thing. Some companies will bring an experienced driver into orientation and do a skills test to determine if the driver is what they say they are. If all goes well, they give you their policies and procedures, make sure you know their workflow/Qualcomm (or other computer) procedures and they get you rolling.

Are you in training? If you have started with Stevens (a previous post said you were going there) you should probably stay with them for at least the first year.

You should definitely ask each company (you’re considering) how they handle it since there may be a wide variety of answers.


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Rob S.'s Comment
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That's a question for the recruiter at the new company. Each company has its own policy. Even if both companies use the same equipment it may be configured differently. In the best case scenario you should be prepared for multiple tests and a week with a trainer.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Like Steve said, it will depend on how much experience, how recent and what they can verify. I know people have come to CFI with 9 months experience and CFI has put them in a truck. When companies evaluate you during orientation, they will see if you need some time with a trainer. It is best to call the recruiters. Where are you now and why do you want to leave?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Switching divisions will matter too. you could drive flatbed for a decade but switch to reefer and you could go out 2 to 4 weeks with a trainer.


A refrigerated trailer.

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